Lawyer Funke Abimbola alongside her siblings has awarded an inaugural BAME medical scholarship to a female, London student.
Folashade Oyewole is a fifth year medical student at Imperial College London and has been awarded the 2016 Akindolie Medical Scholarship, through her demonstration of giving back to the society.
During her first year at university, Oyewole tutored and mentored students in Years 7-9 at IntoUniversity. This led to her being selected as a Future Leader by Powerful Media in 2013.
On receiving the award, Oyewole said, “I feel so privileged to have received this scholarship award and it has given me the encouragement I need to continue with my medical career.”
Funke Abimbola, who won a Rising Star Champion award in 2016, along with Dr Mo Akindolie and Dr Femi Akindolie, established the scholarship to honour their late father, Dr Frank Olufemi Akindolie.
Speaking about their decision to create the scholarship, Abimbola said, “Our father was a gifted, German trained doctor who built up a successful medical practice in Nigeria. He tragically died of liver cancer in 2012.”
“We wanted to establish something permanent in his name here in the UK, specifically to encourage future doctors”.
The 2016 scholarship comprises of a bursary of £1,500 together with mentoring and leadership coaching which will support Oyewole’s ongoing development.
Commenting on the decision to award the scholarship to Oyewole, Abimbola said, “We received some excellent applications for this year’s scholarship, showcasing the breadth of young talent out there.”
“However, Folashade’s application stood out not only due to her outstanding academic achievements but also her overwhelming track record and strong commitment to giving back to society”.
“We were also impressed by her exceptional leadership qualities, entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrable interest in advancing the use of technology for the benefit of patients”.
Applications for the 2017 scholarship will be opening in April 2017 and to qualify candidates will need to be studying full time at a UK medical school. They will also need to show evidence of giving back to society outside of their medical studies. Applicants from a BAME background are particularly encouraged to apply.
Whilst priority will be given to students at medical school in London or Newcastle, where Abimbola’s siblings studied medicine, all UK-based medical students will be considered.